The 100-Day Experiment – will you do it?
Did you know there are just 100 days left until 2020.
Maybe the first 265 days have been phenomenal for you, and perhaps you’d rather not talk about it.
Let’s put it aside right now.
Let’s look forward.
My question is:
How would you love to finish 2019?
What would you like to change or improve?
What if you’d run an experiment for the last 100 days of this year and took some action or step forward towards the change you want to make?
How much progress do you think you’d make?
I can guarantee you that you’d be surprised by your results and glad you did it.
When it comes to starting new habits or making changes, for some reason, we love somewhat unique or meaningful start date. It may be the beginning of the year, your birthday, or sometimes just a start of the month, as long as it’s special
How about the last 100 days of the year?
How much more special can it get?
There is something powerful about the number 100.
I often challenge myself or my clients to 100 days or 100 actions experiment, because to make a real impact, we have to stick with something for long enough or repeat the action many many times.
Doing something 100 times usually creates quite amazing results. In fact, you can find the internet full of articles and videos about the results people got from doing something 100x or for 100 days.
No cigarets, no alcohol, reading, writing, drawing, doodling, coding, exercising, you name it.
One blogger wrote 100 articles in 100 days and went from 256 subscribers to her blog to over 2600 subscribers.
A young woman suffering from depression anxiety was able to stop taking antidepressants after 100 days of meditation.
Social drinker massively improved his fitness, work performance and bank account balance after not having a drop of alcohol for 100 days.
You get the idea.
So what could you do for 100 days?
What would you love to change or improve?
Here are my few tips if you want to take on the 100 days experiment.
1) Pick something easy-ish to do.
It’s tempting to overcommit and say you’ll work out or read for 2 hours a day. It will become too hard, or on some days it simply won’t be possible, you break the streak, get demotivated and stop.
You’ll be much better off if the goal is totally doable and you actually follow through for the 100 days.
Instead of reading for 2 hours, just commit to reading five pages. On some days you may read more, and that’s great, that’s a bonus. But as long as you read the five pages, you’ve succeeded.
Small win every single day can be incredibly encouraging.
2) Close your eyes and don’t question it.
Most of us are incredibly impatient.
We want everything NOW, especially the results of our work.
When it comes to the 100 days experiment, see it as an experiment:
I wonder what will happen if I do this for 100 days?
I always tell my clients to “close their eyes” and to trust the process.
So, don’t question or overthink if it’s working.
Results rarely come right away.
Sometimes you have to put in a lot of work before any signs of improvement. This is where most people quit.
So just focus on making your 100 days and less on the instant results. The breakthrough may happen on day 99.
3) It’s a win-win experiment
Regardless of what the actual outcome is, if you complete the 100 days, you’ll be a winner.
Knowing you’ve managed to stick with something for 100 days will do wonders to your confidence and self-esteem. It’s a big accomplishment, especially if you don’t have an excellent track record of keeping new habits.
But it’s pretty safe to say that if you do something substantial 100 times, it will have a profound impact on that area of your life. That’s without a doubt.
4) A few quick examples
Considering there is not much time to ponder this (as you want to start today) here are a few quick examples of what you can do for your 100 days experiment.
Do you want to improve your fitness?
-> exercise for 15 minutes every day
Do you want to improve your health?
-> Avoid sweets, sugar, and/or soft drinks for 100 days.
-> Have a light dinner for 100 days.
Do you want to be happier?
-> Write down three things you’re grateful for every day.
-> Write down three things you’re happy about every day.
Do you want to be more confident?
-> Do something a bit challenging every day.
Do you want to improve your (public) speaking skill?
-> record a video of yourself speaking on a relevant topic for 1 minute.
Do you want to have more knowledge or expertise in a particular area?
-> Read two lates articles about it every day.
-> Read five pages from a book on the topic every day.
Do you want to improve your personal or business visibility?
-> post on social media every single day.
Do you want to be more organised?
-> Keep your desk (or a relevant area) tidy for 100 days.
-> Make your bed every day.
-> Spend 15 minutes tidying up every day.
Do you want to be more productive?
-> Practice working without distractions for 30-60 minutes a day (harder than you think).
-> Write down and complete 1-3 key tasks every day.
I hope this will help you come up with your 100-day experiment task.
So what would you love to do for the last 100 days of this year?
Day 1 is today.
Share in the comment section.
If you need the support of a life coach (that would be me) help you with making the most out of next 100 days contact me and let’s find out if we’d be the right match.